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SHAKIR ANSARI, a senior poet preaching Hindu-Muslim unity and promoting India’s composite culture, died on 6 April after a prolonged illness at Sikandarabad (UP) at the age of 85 years. His 7 anthologies of poems have been published and on one of them a cash award of Rs. 25,000 was given to him by former governor of UP, Moti Lal Vohra in 1996. He is survived by three sons and two daughters.
IZHAR ASAR, a prolific writer, noted Urdu novelist, fiction writer, poet and, strangely enough, a Kathak dancer, a rarity among Muslims, who is reputed to have written as many as a thousand detective novels and at least three scientific novels and other books containing more than 300 scientific, social and other stories and articles died on 15 April at the age of about 82 years after a prolonged illness. These detective novels were first published in Urdu and subsequently translated into Hindi. He had lost his eyesight almost completely about two years ago after which he was incapacitated to write anything, though he was desirous, and also capable, of writing more. Though not very educated, he kept himself in touch with scientific developments in the West and introduced science to his readers through fiction. Winner of as many as ten literary awards including Ghalib Award and Delhi Urdu Academy’s Scientific Award, his first scientific novel Aadhi Zindagi was published in 1955. Two years earlier i.e. in 1953 he had written Mashinon ki Baghaawat in which machines appear to work like human beings like modern day robots. His another science-based work is La Shareek which means one having no companion or partner. He also wrote a poem titled Dinosaur about 50 years ago. He appeared to be much ahead of his time vis-à-vis his contemporary authors of other Indian languages. Born in Kiratpur town of Bijnor district of UP, at the time of Partition he was employed in Lahore but preferred to live in India. So he came back here. He is survived by wife, three sons and one daughter. During his last days when he was having financial problems, publishers were trying to blackmail him by compelling him to write not under his name but under pen names of Prof. Diwakar or Dr. Raman. It is ironical that barely a week before his death, Urdu litterateurs and intellectuals had assembled at Urdu Ghar in Delhi to find ways and means to render financial and medical assistance to him. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was approached who had promised all possible medical assistance to him. They were planning to write to prime minister also for providing a special fund for him but before that he expired.
HAFIZ AYAZ AHMAD ZUBERI, manager of Madrasa Makhzanul Uloom of Saharanpur, a religious scholar, successful businessman and freedom fighter died of heart attack on 13 April at the age of 78 years. His death took place under abnormal circumstances. It is said that some bad characters forced their entry in his house and attacked his son Shahnawaz Zuberi. When he helplessly saw his son being mercilessly beaten by the bad characters he was greatly shocked, had a heart attack and fell unconscious. He was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him dead. A large number of people of all religions, including many political leaders, attended his last rites. The condition of his son is reported to be out of danger and he is improving.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 16

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